Anti-vaxxers banned from raising money on GoFundMe to stop conspiracy theorists fuelling America's deadly measles epidemic



ANTI-vaxxers have been banned from GoFundMe in an attempt to stop the growing tide of dangerous conspiracy theories to spread deadly measles.

The crowdfunding site announced it was conducting a "thorough review" to remove campaigns that "promote misinformation about vaccines."

  Anti-vaxxers have been using sites like GoFundMe to raise money and spread misinformation about the risks of vaccinating children

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Anti-vaxxers have been using sites like GoFundMe to raise money and spread misinformation about the risks of vaccinating children
  GoFundMe said it would be conducting a review and removing anti-vax campaigns from its site
GoFundMe said it would be conducting a review and removing anti-vax campaigns from its site

It comes after reports that one campaigner – who claimed docs are carrying out "baby slaughter" with jabs – managed to raise nearly $ 80,000 (£ 60,000) in donations.

GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said: “Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about GoFundMe's vaccine service and will be removed from the platform.

"We are conducting a thorough review and will remove any campaigns currently on the platform."

Shocking figures released yesterday revealed the number of measles cases has rocketed by 300 per cent worldwide in the first three months of this year alone.

WIDELY DEBUNKED

The worrying UN stats have been blamed in the growing anti-vaccination – or anti-vax – movements, especially in the US.

A public health emergency was declared in parts of Brooklyn, New York City, after the outbreak emerged in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

Among the most widely circulated conspiracies wrongly claims there is a link between the MMR jab and autism in children.

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WARPED THEORIES

Anti-vaxxers have been using social media to spread their harmful message on preventive jabs.

One GoFundMe page, now removed, had been titled "Stop Non-INFO World Vaccinations".

Trying to raise money to prevent it from being called "National Emergency" by US docs injecting mercury into children and pregnant women by vaccinate them against flu.

Another campaign – which had no backers – wanted to “fight mandatory vaccination” by lobbying US lawmakers to prevent removal of exemptions on religious grounds.

And as much as $ 1,010 (£ 775) was raised to help Californian who was said to have suffered sight loss after having had a shingles vaccine.

SPREADING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Anti-vaxxers are also active on Facebook, where you can find hundreds of thousands of followers.

Social media companies are under pressure to take action against anti-vax propaganda.

The UK Government is looking for new rules on anti-vaccine posts online.

So far this year, 170 countries have reported 112,163 measles cases to the UN's World Health Organization.

This time last year, 163 countries had reported just 28,124 cases.

Only around one in the cases of measles is actually reported – meaning true numbers of sufferers are likely to be far higher.

And WHO spokesman said: "While this data is a provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend.

"Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks.

  Measles is highly contagious and can cause fatal complications in babies and children

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Measles is highly contagious and can cause fatal complications in babies and children
Anti-vaxxer parents hold measles parties so they become immune

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